Bafana gear up for qualifiers


The national side are going by special charter to the match in the Nigerian capital on June 1, thereby avoiding the vagaries of commercial aviation transport in West Africa.

The squad assembles on Sunday at an OR Tambo International Airport hotel and will train in Johannesburg through the week before their departure.

SAFA are still to make a decision on where to go ahead with the hosting of their scheduled game against Sierra Leone on June 21 in the Northern Cape capital Kimberley.

The Diamond City had been nominated for its first-ever Bafana Bafana match, but after an inspection of facilities, SAFA officials suggested they might move the match to a bigger venue.

A final decision on this will only be taken next week.

South Africa’s first home match in the World Cup qualifiers is against Equatorial Guinea on June 7 at the Super Stadium in Atteridgeville.

Bafana Bafana play Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone in their group. As World Cup hosts, South Africa have already qualified for the 2010 finals, but play in the preliminaries because they also serve as qualifiers for the 2010 African Nations Cup finals in Angola.